United Way’s Women in Philanthropy to receive Child Abuse Prevention Center Award


May 3, 2010 — The Child Abuse Prevention Center will honor United Way’s Women in Philanthropy as part of its Inspirations 2010 Boogie Woogie Bugle Ball on May 14. The group will receive the Philanthropy Award for its work with foster youth.

“This award is particularly special for us because it comes from one of our nonprofit partners to one of our dedicated groups of volunteers, ” said Steve Heath, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This is precisely what United Way is all about, bringing together nonprofits, volunteers and donors to work together to tackle our community’s most pressing issues. Many thanks to the Child Abuse Prevention Center for its incredible work on behalf of our region’s children and for recognizing the fantastic talents of our Women in Philanthropy members.”

Women in Philanthropy members provide financial donations to United Way, which in turn help prepare foster youth for adulthood by encouraging higher educational goals, providing mentors and more. From July 2008 to June 2009, more than 250 members contributed more than $100,000 to agencies like the Child Abuse Prevention Center that provide programs for local foster youth. Women in Philanthropy members also donate their time and talents to conduct life-skills workshops for foster youth, gather gifts for holiday stockings and contribute household items for emancipation baskets.
“This group of extraordinary women exemplifies what a group can accomplish,” said Sheila Boxley, Child Abuse Prevention Center. “Women in Philanthropy provides so much that can’t be measured: They provide hope, help foster youth find their dignity, and demonstrate to foster youth that they are cared for.”

United Way California Capital Region is an independent local affiliate of United Way of America and works with nonprofit partners to create lasting results on local community issues through local United Way focus areas: Education (helping children and youth reach their potential), Income (promoting financial stability and independence) and Health (improving people’s health). Governed by a local board of volunteer directors, United Way partners with more than 700 employers in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties to raise money through workplace giving campaigns for United Way focus areas and nonprofit partners. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.

The Child Abuse Prevention Center, known as the CAP Center, has a 30-year history of preventing child abuse, neglect and abandonment through three core strategies: safety, education and advocacy. Located in Sacramento, the Child Abuse Prevention Center is home to three unique agencies. Governed by a single board of directors, each organization takes a different but complementary approach to prevent child abuse. Agencies at the CAP Center include the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Lift the Children and Prevent Child Abuse California. For more information, visit www.thecapcenter.org.